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Trial Lawyer Stratton Charged for Second Time

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

Well-known trial lawyer Michael Stratton has been arrested for the second time in two years following a domestic dispute.

Chief Justice Chase Rogers addressed the June 24 annual meeting of state judges. Another Supreme Court justice told the group that a continuing legal education program was ‘designed to make compliance with its provisions as easy and as inexpensive as possible.’

Conn. Judges Approve Mandatory Continuing Legal Education for State's Lawyers

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The state's judges have voted to require continuing legal education for all licensed attorneys in Connecticut. Lawyers will have to complete 12 annual hours of CLE.

Woman's Words to Human Resources Tests Pay Fairness Act

By MEGAN SPICER |

Connecticut employee said she complained to HR about pay disparities and was told she'd be fired if she did so again.

John Williams

Court Overturns Suspension of Attorney Who Wasn't Given Time to Prepare for Hearing

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

'From a lawyer's standpoint, it's refreshing to see that there may be limits on the ability of a judge to take a lawyer to the woodshed without the right to prepare and defend,' one attorney said.

Carla Minniefield

Injury Claim Settles Before Lawsuit Is Even Filed

By Christian Nolan |

A man hit by a car while riding a motorized scooter has settled his claim with the defendant for $1.25 million before even having to file the actual lawsuit.

Paul Czepiga

Elder Law Firm Opens New Office, Adds Attorneys

By Law Tribune Staff |

One of the state's most prominent elder law practices is expanding for the second time in the past two years. Berlin-based CzepigaDalyPope is opening an office in the Litchfield County town of New Milford and adding two attorneys.

Campbell Barrett

Conn. Court Ruling Makes It Easier to Increase Child Support Payments

By THOMAS SCHEFFEY |

The divorce court battles of the rich have recently been spreading alarm among family lawyers for the poor.

Conn. Court Says Hospital Can Fire Nurse Who Saved Patient's Life

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

Annemarie Morrissey-Manter was a nurse at Hartford's St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center for 32 years. She won awards for her work and received great performance reviews from supervisors.

Joe Garrison

Conn. Judges Say Trade Secrets Case Brought in Bad Faith

By Christian Nolan |

A lawyer for a small competitor in the niche market of selling corporate training products says a Stamford company accused his clients of stealing trade secrets as a way to use the discovery process in litigation to try to uncover further trade secrets for themselves. The state Appellate Court has agreed that plaintiffs brought the lawsuit in bad faith and upheld a judge's decision to award over $171,000 in attorney's fees to the defendant.

Legal Community Rocks Out for Good Cause

By MEGAN SPICER |

The images one conjures when thinking of what a lawyer or judge looks like rarely includes instruments, but on Thursday night, band after band full of members of Connecticut's judicial system showed they have more talents than just those they show in the courtroom.

Monte Frank

New 'Civil Gideon' Task Force Has Backing of Legal Community Leaders

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

The influx of self-represented parties has put a strain on Connecticut's court system and has raised questions about whether justice is being done when one party in a dispute has a lawyer and the other one does not.

Judge: Defense Department Must Search for Sex Harassment Records

By Megan Spicer |

"Significant" public interest in documents sought by former servicewoman who said she was sexually harassed in Iraq.

Judge Dismisses Slander Claim Against Conn. Law Firm

By MICHELLE TUCCITTO SULLO |

A federal judge has dismissed a prison inmate's lawsuit claiming a Connecticut attorney defamed him by questioning him during a deposition about whether he had ever sexually assaulted another prisoner.

Court to Consider Employee Safety in PETA FOI Case

By Christian Nolan |

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered a trial judge to determine whether the names of some University of Connecticut animal researchers can be kept secret to protect their safety.

Dubois-Mark

Mark Dubois: In Face of Staffing Shortage, Disciplinary Counsel's Office Should Try New Approach

By MARK DUBOIS |

As fellow Law Tribune columnist Norm Pattis recently noted, my former office, the Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, has shrunk.

Judge Gives Green Light to Muslim Family's Bias Lawsuit Against IHOP

By CHRISTIAN NOLAN |

A federal judge has denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit that was filed by a Muslim family that claim an International House of Pancakes Restaurant in Connecticut refused to serve them.

John Darer

Structured Settlements Can Help Employment Lawyers

By JOHN DARER |

Connecticut lawyers for employers and employees alike can bring an efficient conclusion to employment litigation by using nonqualified structured settlements to effect tax deferral.

Opinion Makes Waves in Financing Industry

By DAVID GIALANELLA |

An eight-page opinion out of Atlantic County, New Jersey, imploring courts to carefully vet the sale of structured settlements has caught the attention of industry players nationwide, and highlighted a dearth of useful guidance for judges even 15 years after model legislation was crafted to tame a Wild West marketplace.

Billionaire's Backing of Gawker Suit Raises Questions

By BEN HANCOCK |

Reports that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled Hulk Hogan's privacy suit against gossip news site Gawker took the legal industry by surprise. The details also provide a window into the largely self-regulated and growing world of litigation funding.